Frank Clyde Stephen Witnish

Born on February 27, 1930 . Passed away on September 7, 2020 .

Passed away on  7th September 2020, aged 90 years.

Dearly loved husband of Jean, loved stepfather of David and Jenny, loved Pappa to Allison and David, Belinda and Tim, and Karen.  Also loved by his great grandchildren Madeline, Jack, Elizabeth, Harry, William and Grace. He will be sadly missed by all.

Loved and remembered forever.


Loved brother to Peg and Stan (both dec.), Bert and Mary and their families.

Special thanks to Rhonda, Dr Booth and the management and staff at Alcheringa.

Funeral Notice

Private service

In accordance with recent changes to funeral services a private service will be held for Frank followed by a burial at Swan Hill Memorial Park.

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  1. Frank was a founder member of the ‘Dribblers’ who in later years became the Dads Army golfing group and was one of only two Honorary Members. His company was enjoyed on the golf course for many years. Jean, along with Frank, was a valued member of our group and we send her our sincere sympathy.

    Dads Army golfers

    Jim MayhewSeptember 7 2020 7:25 pm
  2. We were all saddened to hear of the passing of
    Frank Clyde Stephen Witnish
    and we offer our sincerest condolences to Jean (loving wife to Frank).
    Although we were not able to spend that much time with Uncle Frank in his later years, I do choose to remember the good time memories that we shared with Uncle Frank when the families visited Maryborough (Vic) at Barkly Street and again in Newton Street.
    Among the many good memories, Uncle Frank taught me to fish and I remember when I caught a 9 pound red fin fish with him in a boat on the lake in Maryborough – Uncle Frank was busily rowing the boat and yelling keep the rod up Stephen.
    Uncle Frank was also the person who kindled my interest in baking and cooking. When Uncle Frank came home from Trentham where he worked as a Baker, he would take the time to show me how to make crumpets and cook turkeys in the large wood fired bread ovens.
    While Uncle Frank’s passing is sad for all of us who had the privilege of knowing him, I rejoice in the fact that he didn’t suffer long in pain.
    I know that Frank’s first love was Jean; however his second love was golf. While I didn’t get to caddy for him, I did follow him around the golf course many times. I know in my heart that Uncle Frank is now up there somewhere on a par 3 teeing off, looking down on us all.
    We are all the better for knowing Uncle Frank and we will remember him with our fond memories.
    Our sincerest sympathy for your loss from the Queensland Palmer family,
    Stephen and Bronwyn Palmer
    Our Daughter Amanda and son-in-law Clint Scott
    Our Son Adam and wife Peta, and their sons – Louis, Benson and Wil.

    STEPHEN PALMERSeptember 9 2020 8:47 am
  3. Fond memories of Frank keeping our lawn in order
    Condolences to Mrs Witnish and family
    Peter and Robyn Clutterbuck

    Peter ClutterbuckSeptember 9 2020 10:31 am
  4. Rest peacefully dear Frank. We have fond memories of an always kind and gentle man.
    Deepest condolences and love to Aunty Jean.
    Joy, Joe, & Abby.

    Joy HansenSeptember 10 2020 3:47 pm
  5. Dear Papa, we cherish our beautiful memories with you! We love you lots RIP
    Love Maddi and Brad

    Madeline MooneySeptember 10 2020 10:02 pm
  6. We have so many wonderful memories of time spent with you and Nanna. You welcomed us into your life and will always be remembered for your gentle and kind nature.
    But most of all you will be lovingly cherished as our Puppa.
    Lots of Love Allison, Belinda and Karen, David, Tim, Madeline and Brad, Jack and Selenia, Harry, Elizabeth, William, Brendon and Grace.

    Belinda LynchSeptember 10 2020 11:57 pm
  7. Uncle Frank, I have known you as long as I can remember. Christmases, family gathering, baking bread, mowing lawns, serving beers are all in my memories of you. I remember when you first introduced Jean. Together, travelling a long, happy and loving journey, picking up a family on the way – Grandpa.
    Rest in peace, fisherman & golfer.
    Liz Palmer (niece).

    Elizabeth ( Liz) PalmerSeptember 11 2020 8:09 am
  8. In loving memory of Frank.
    We have lost a loved one, a kind and good natured person, a person we cherish.
    Sadly missed but will remain in our hearts and our minds forever.
    Rest in eternal peace.
    David and Jenny Lynch

    David LynchSeptember 11 2020 8:52 am
  9. Frank, a quiet and kind man, a gentle soul who will be missed by many. Realising he loved his golf, both Frank and Aunty Jean, but didn’t know about the “dribblers”, Dads Army golfing group, no wonder he lived on the bloody golf course, all 19 holes ⛳
    Our deepest sympathy to Aunty Jean, Jenny & David and family, and to all Frank’s family,
    Now we say farewell but remembered always
    Live Tony & Vick, Alicia, Anthony and Gemma xx

    tony coxSeptember 11 2020 9:37 am
  10. My sincere condolences to Jean & family on the passing of Frank.
    I remember him with much fondness especially at the parties at Bert & Mary’s.
    Love Janet Nicholls & family.

    Janet NichollsSeptember 11 2020 3:39 pm
  11. Remembering Frank from Trentham days and a mate of Laurie’s “Dogger”
    Margaret Scala

    Margaret ScalaSeptember 13 2020 9:21 am
  12. Words are few
    Thoughts are deep
    Memories of you
    Are ours to keep.
    Rest peacefully dear Frank. We will always remember you as a kind, caring and courteous man, with so much love for family & friends, and golf & fishing.
    Deepest sympathy to Aunty Jean.
    Joy, Joe and Abby.

    Joy HansenSeptember 15 2020 10:02 am

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